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the numbers the pentagon told us about to tout how well they were doing are wrong. plus nks a hot air balloon explodes? mid-air. tourists killed by more than a dozen. >> i hear a loud explosion and see a lot of smoke. >> shepard: witnesses say the blast shook the ground and some passengers jumped seven stories trying to escape the burning balloon. tonight, searching for answers as the blame game begins. plus,. [bell] >> shepard: 20 years ago today. [sirens] >> shepard: terrorists tried to bring down the world trade center. >> it was just so infamiliar tommable. >> a new warning about americans joining forces with al qaeda. and why didn't we think of this sooner? dennis rodman brings basketball diplomacy to north korea. >> hoping be okay and hoping the kids will have a good time. >> did he pack his wedding dress? >> first from fox this tuesday night. getting a look at the moment the hot air balloon exploded in the sky and plummeted a thousand feet to the ground, 19 tourists killed. they were soaring over the ancient egyptian city at sunrise when the balloon caught fire blew up and came crashin
aside this partisanship. the pentagon needs a seasoned leader to implement cuts. u.n. the 12 days since the filibuster not one single thing has changed. not one. yet republicans had to have their filibuster for make their pointless partisan point. they are children. the president's pick for treasury secretary will have a he'dier time. approved the nomination of jacob lew. the vote after a three-hour confirmation hearing with he was pressed just a little bit about working sat citigroup after the financial collapse. unlike the manufactured crisis of bengahzi neither republicans nor democrats have made a national issue about the shaky investments, bailouts that lew has seen. we're more squinting after the smallest sign of progress on the sequester. the the white house and the congress have until wednesday night to avert the cross the board cuts. to highlight those cuts president obama went to newport news shipbuilding but it's dependent on military spending that is due to be slashed this friday. >> obama: the reason why we're even thinking about the sequester is because people are rightly
. we are reading about a $3 billion cut in the military health care system. the pentagon could be restructuring contracts. what do you want to say about those areas? guest: training is going to be cut. dod has said only unit preparing to deploy will be training. everybody else in the air force and navy, the planes will be grounded. they will take the money they would have used to do the training and shifted into the war account to pay for afghanistan. try care -- tricare is what you mentioned. people will still get benefits can be seen by doctors. host: a big fight in washington over the defense aspect. what else should we know about the defense area? guest: there will be an impact. there are two sides of sequestration. there is the side that we need to cut federal spending and defense needs to play a role. talking to people in the pentagon, a lot of them would agree with that. the problem is they are halfway through the year. they have not been preparing for this at all. they will have to squeeze all of these cuts into a six-month period. the next six months, it is implemented
's the news live at the pentagon. are we getting a straight answer how this happened? reporter: well, in essence, someone finally noticed that after reporting to congress last year that attacks by the taliban were down by 7%, a figure derived from month-to-month reports from the field about the number of enemy attacks, in fact u.s. and nato officials didn't include the figures gathered by the afghans themselves, leading to the following statements promenade meteorologist. >> violence levels had been trending downward in the last two years after five years of steady increases, beginning in 2006. reporter: the problem is the attacks weren't trending downward. they were exactly the same as 2011. an embarrassing admission by the pentagon about how the president's strategy was bearing fruit, may have been misleading. >> shepard: what is the pentagon saying now? >> day blame the afghans. the afghan commanders forgot to submit their field reports so the pentagon data was misleading. quote: during a quality control check we became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the databa
this country needs right now. >> earlier today, pentagon spokesman, george little, said they had made no plans to its overall defense strategy in the automatic budget cuts approach, the sequester would result in a 9% overall cut the military budget. he spoke with reporters at the pentagon for about 35 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> qaeda man. before getting to your questions, let me address one of the narratives in recent days regarding sequester set to begin friday unless congress acts. there seems to be a belief in some quarters that when it comes to negative impact the sequester will have on our national defense and military readiness, the department of defense is crying wolf. nothing could be further from the truth. he hurt from dod leaders in the past weeks is not hype. it is the blunt truth. it isn't exaggeration. as the clear eyed assessment of what would have been to the department if we were forced to put this mindless mechanism fully into place. under the guidance of secretary cannot come in the department leaders have been candid and forthright in describing how the military
and do the hard work of governing. >> reporter: the massive cuts to the pentagon, including a 20% pay cut for more than 700,000 civilian workers john mccain called unconscionable, demanding mr. obama lead. >> the president should be calling us over somewhere, camp david, the white house, somewhere and us sitting down and trying to avert these cuts. >> reporter: but even within the republican party, many are questioning how bad the cuts will be, accusing you the president of exaggerating the consequences. >> to not cut 2.5% out of the total budget over a year when it's twice the size it was ten years ago, give me a break. >> reporter: still, at this ship yard in norfolk, virginia, 1600 letters warning of possible pink slips are already in the mail, while workers wait for washington to act. >> guys really need to put their heads together and figure something out. >> you know, they take this away, a lot of people are going to be hurt. >> reporter: a looming crisis underxbird virginia's republican governor. >> sequester was put in place to be a hammer, not a policy. now here we are a week awa
that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of t
to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of aircraft carriers in the strategic persian gulf from two to one. that decision comes just one day before the "uss harry truman" was supposed to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been stationed in the region for the majority of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> this morning, president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast at the washington hilton in northwest d.c. the president will meet with religious and community leaders from across the nation taking part in the 61st annual prayer breakfast. that national prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1953. after that, the president will head to leesburg, virginia. he will lay out his second-term agenda at the house democratic issues conference that's going on at the lansdowne resort. vice president biden spoke it the group yesterday. he said the world has changed since 1994 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. many
. jenna: we researched the pentagon for a independent staff we haven't got it yet. we have the research department said if we had revisions in afghanistan over the years and we haven't found any. they told the associated press doesn't tell the full story of progress against the taliban. >> fair enough. it is a snapshot, not the movie. once again i think it is pretty important when the administration uses this. panetta said last year that attacks were down in afghanistan in 2012. it doesn't seem to be the case. if we need to get more answers. jenna: we'll look for more information. we continue to cover the story throughout the day here on fox news. peter, thanks for your insight. >> thanks for having me. jon: one town's attempt to go green has some folks seeing red amid complaints wind turbines are making people sick. all this could end up costing taxpayers millions. we're live with that story. >>> plus, what do you get when you cross a rodeo, kids and sheep? the answer is on the way. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelful? e carful? how about...
that is the message at university opposing the pentagon funding of the proposed new research center on campus to train special operations forces in interview techniques. first, we speak to sharif abdel kouddous just back from bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the
will oppose hagel no matter what. >> i believe he's the wrong person to lead the pentagon at this perilous and consequential time. >> tea party senator ted cruz tried to gin up an old conservative bogeyman. >> i'd like to draw your attention to an interview you did in 2009 with al jazeera. >> but here's the real reason. these guys don't want chuck hagel in the defense department. this is the bomb bomb iran crowd. you see, mccain and graham have led the charge for possible war against the iranians as well as syria. chuck hagel sees war as an absolute last resored. it that's why president obama picked him. the two share similar views in philosophy as the obama administration attempts to define the role of the united states in the transition to a post-superpower world. their philosophy is this. the united states must get out of these massive land wars, iraq and afghanistan, and if possible avoid future large-scale war. despite all of the posturing and starcraft, hagel's nomination, well, is not in jeopardy. not one senator who previously voiced support for hagel has changed his or her mind. i
and infrastructure. the progressive cost test scores concluded smart reform to the pentagon's from which we almost the largest federal agency enlaces billions of dollars every year to waste, fraud and abuse. many colleagues recognize the serious land to address the deficit to go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. the balance targets $270 billion in wasteful pentagon spent in an reinvests others in her teachers, rose and future. it's important to know these cuts will not harm or undermine our national security. only the race will come excessive input is spending his targeted. i'm especially pleased to see this bill include some personal language to audit the pentagon. measures have increased transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes colleagues don't realize the pentagon has not been knotted it, cannot be audited and we needed out of date. i'm glad we are calling for an audit of the pentagon. i love richard a bipartisan bill to audit the pentagon as a stand-alone effort to keep wasteful sp
. the warning was aimed at defense department workers at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience a 20 percent decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions on where their financial obligations lie. >> reporter: the furloughs could start in late april and save roughly $5 billion. uniformed personnel at war would be exempt, but in a letter to congress, panetta wrote that the spending cuts will slow training and the procurement of weapons. the result, he said, will be a hollow force. the nation's top military leader had said as much last week at a senate hearing on the automatic cuts. chair of the joint chiefs of staf
.e. cupp. right now, playing defense. it's decision day for the president. his pick to lead the pentagon. i'm going to talk about that in a bit. >>> i'm toure in east lansing, michigan. a new salvo today in the civil war. republicans signing on in support of gay marriage. welcome to the modern world, you guys. >>> speaking of battles. didn't think you'd escape an hour without the sequester fight. yep, the koubd clock is officially ticking. >> you want to go here again, s.e.? >> you go. >>> nancy pelosi called it a drive-by congress and speeding america toward another fiscal cliff. >> me again? >>> all that and first lady exercising political muscle. get it? because she wants us to get fit! >>> groundhog day february 2nd. will have an early spring. if you're wondering. but today is groundhog day in washington, at least that's how leon panetta describes the succession of getting his successor confirmed. con fired cleared a test vote today. same vote he failed two weeks ago. the next vote could come next hour. panetta had two farewell parties and waiting out the last hours of the tenure at the
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
. yorktown, appomattox, the pentagon where 9/11 occurred -- there is a ceremony tonight i will be commissioned in -- there is a commission in april. we care very deeply about these events. one in nine virginians birth to death is a veteran. when you add in the guard and reserve and contractors, now you are probably talking about one in three of us. we care very deeply about all that is within dod. let me be plain, the threat that virginians and others are talking about now more than ever is the inability of congress to find a way forward on a reasonable budget compromise. that is what is in the newspapers and the headlines. at the direction of the deputy director, dod is planning for future cuts. i am very worried at the macro level about dod's ability to pursue and execute appropriate national security objectives in this time of congressional inability to find a budget compromise. the current cr limits flexibility, for example, of the military to appropriately taylor resources, we have no flexibility to deal with a shortfall. and to me, it seems like funding the military
are supposed to leave afghanistan after next year but the pentagon is now pushing a three high pressure year plan to keep about 8,000 troops there after the nato mission ends. the "washington post" reports that the plan would reduce the number of americans over the following two years. the phased reduction approach would redefine the u.s. end game in afghanistan. >>> leon panetta is authorizing more benefits to same-sex partners but the pentagon is not he can tending some housing benefits saying the complex issue requires more review and it has triggered concerns among military leaders. the defendants department memo does give same-sex military partners other benefits like identification cards to get into commissaries and other services. housing payments and health benefits cannot be included because of federal law. >>> an army veteran who survived a taliban attack has been awarded the medal of honor. president obama commended former staff sergeant clinton romsha saying he helped defend the indefensible. he was with a group of 53 troops far outnumbered by more than 300 taliban fighters charg
panetta spoke at a pentagon farewell ceremony. he talked about north korea and called on congress to end the uncertainty posed by pending budget cuts known as sequestration. mr. panetta will stay in his position until his successor is confirmed. president obama has nominated former senator chuck hagel to be his replacement. this is half an hour. [applause] >> halt. present. halt. ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light snule what so -- what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star spangled banner yet wave oaer the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, the director of administration and management, mr. michael rhodes. >> well, welcome, everybody. thank you very much for being here today. as we have an opportunity for the secretary's farewell address to the pentagon c
nations and people in the pentagon can count votes too. we've never had a defense secretary with this many opposing votes. now this is something he can shake off, but it's going to take some time. >> woodruff: that's right. i mean he has the fewest confirming volts of any defense secretary since the job was created. mark thompson, how does that affect his ability to do his job? >> well, it will depend. it will affect it in a big way if he acts as he did in his con for megs hearing which by all accounts he did not do well. conversely, i talked to people in the pentagon. the lower in ranks you go, the more they like this guy. the more they like the sense that an enlisted man is going to run the building. if you can use that as a springboard he's facing immense challenges from sequestration to afghanistan to a nuclear iran but it's an opportunity for him to seize the moment. if he does, people will forget this pretty quickly i think. >> woodruff: what about the sour relations or whatever lingering effect there is from this loud vote of no confidence from republicans in the senate? does that a
, where the revolutionary war ended, an poe matter,to where the civil war ended, the pentagon where we were attacked on 9/11. we are the most connected, one in eight virgin islands is a veteran. not one in eight adults, but from birth to death. over 100,000 active duty, guard and reserve, d.o.d. civilians, d.o.d. contractors. by the time you add all those up and their families, military families we're probably talking about one in three virginians. so i went to the places where virginians work every day, as ship repairs and private shipyards, active duty on naval bases, as d.o.d. civilians working as nurseness army hospitals, as young officer candidates training in rotc programs, at v.a. hospitals. i went around the state and let me tell you what i heard. a few miles from here, fort belvoir, one of the preeminent institutions that treats wounded warriors. a wounded warrior still on active service being treated there, wife sitting right next to him, we talked and she ventured this, let's talk about these furloughs of these d.o.d. civilian employees. my -- my husband's nurses are all d.o
of the tenure at the walnut farm in california. hagel, meanwhile, already working out of the pentagon for weeks preparing for the transition and first battle will be a budget war. the dod is faced with cuts even in the next seven months alone of $43 billion. cuts to training, grounded planes, docked warships. all things the president referred to today at a shipyard. >> main reason i'm here is to call attention to the important work you're doing on behalf of the nation's defense and to let the american people know that this work along with hundreds of thousands of jobs are currently in jeopardy because of politics in washington. these cuts are wrong. they're not smart. they're not fair. >> michael hersh is chief correspondent at "the national journal." so let's start there. there's this notion that if he's confirmed and i think we all expect that he will be that he'll enter defense in some kind of a weakened position after not so great confirmation hearing and then this really okay ro moan you battle over the confirmation. what kind of tangible consequences will that have? how will the job as de
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided
, that this sequester is -- because of its sort of blunder bust approach that it does not permit the pentagon to make intelligent choices about what is needed, so it is going to get to readiness. ready city council what we need. >> this is the absurdness of washington. >> the white house proposed the -- >> proposing to get agreement on this. now the new strategy is, yeah, but you can't let that sequester happen because the spending cuts would be so awful when, in fact, there are democrats like dick durbin who will be on the program sunday who have said he doesn't really have a problem with the amount of spending cuts in the pentagon. it's a matter of how you go about doing it. republicans i think also have some leverage here by saying, you know, if you really get us down to it, if have to swallow these spending cuts, we're going take them because that might be good. you got your revenues there. zoolt sequester, we don't like it, but before it on. >> there's a lot of pain. particularly if are you from virginia and you have military cuts coming down your way, this is tough. spending cuts are tough. the
? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision one way or another. democrats fell just shy of the votes needed to advance the process. something president obama chalked up to partisan politics. >> there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. there are only a handful of instances in which there's been any kind of filibuster of anybody for a cabinet position in our history. and what seems to be happening -- and this has been growing over time -- is the republican minority in the senate seem to think that the rule now is that you have
jennifer griffin tells us what that means. >> the pentagon using misleading figures about the war in afghanistan and how well it is going. >> this is a regrettable error indy the base system that was discovered in a routine quality check. we are making the appropriate adjustments. the assessment is positive. >> the u.s. -led military coalition in afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline in taliban attacks last year. reporting attacks were down by 7%. a fact that drove the obama administration narrative the strategy was working allowing u.s. troops to come home early. >> i don't know of any overt action to cook the books if you will in afghanistan. but everyone i talk to testifies to a subtle pressure. on the part of commanders in the field to shape the narrative in afghanistan as positively as they can. >> the coalition corrected the "clerical errors" removing without explanation the monthly reports from last year on trends in security and violence. it now turns out that the number of taliban attacks in 2012 was flat compared to 2011. did not represent 7% decrease. despite repor
a search for answers after a murder/suicide this morning. >>> an an emotional day at the pentagon. the legacy leon panetta is leaving behind as he says good-bye. >>> and it's the first dave our amazing makeovers. the mom of a wounded warrior gets a brand-new rook. good morning. welcome to "news4 midday." i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, february 12th, 2013. we start in college park. two people are dead, another person injured after a murder/suicide at the university of maryland campus. >> all three of university of maryland campus. megan mcgrath is live. >> reporter: it happened at this house behind me on 36th avenue. this is a rental like many of the homes on this block. the tenants, three university of maryland students. one of his two students turned on his two roommates shooting them before killing himself. a bullet hole through the rear window. the window of this suv shot out. and evidence of the fire that started it all. police release the photo of the damage. three university of maryland students live on the home in on 36th avenue. early this mo
was also inducted into the hall of heroes at the pentagon and honored with a parade. since then meyer has raised more than a million dollars to help send the children of wounded marines to college. and finally, as you have all seen, he is the author of "into the fire: a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the afghan war." leading authorities is very proud to exclusively represent dakota meyer, and now i want to show you a video to hear more about dakota and his story. thank you. ♪ >> it's kind of frustrating because, you know, everyone wants to get an interview about the worst day of your life. >> it was a straightforward mission that then-21-year-old sergeant dakota meyer had been assigned that day. meyer waited anxiously by the vehicles as his team began their parol of the village on foot. as they approached, all hell l broke loose. more than 50 insurgents fired from positions on mountains surrounding the valley and from within the village. back at the vehicles, meyer heard the firing and could see into the valley. the volume of fire increased, and the radio traffic
103 different stem -- science, technologies, engineering and math -- programs within the pentagon alone. consolidating those would save $1.7 billion over the next ten years. these are programs that are not necessarily initiated by congress, by the way. so they do have the flexibility to make those changes. department of defense tuition assistance program totally duplicates our veterans tuition assistance program. so you can do in service have this access to tuition while in service and then have the identical tuition access afterwards and you can claim them both. there's nothing wrong with wanting togy an educational benefit to our troops, but we don't need to do it twice. that's a significant savings of $4.5 billion. alternative energy. we have a department of energy. their whole goal is to work on alternative energy and renewable energy and efficiency within energy. the department of defense is spending $700 million a year on research in alternative energy that totally duplicates everything we're doing everywhere else. so there's $00700 million that we should not be spending at
%, and defense is that 13%. i would like to give them the tools at the pentagon to manage through this and make sure that readiness does not suffer. host: we are talking with representative matt salmon, republican from arizona. larry, rutledge, georgia, you are on the air. independent line. caller: i think they should get bob woodward and a are -- ar-16. the marsupial press cannot seem to get the president back in their pouch. maybe we could cut the program for the cloning of joe biden because we do not need stupid and stereo. thank you, sir. host: that was larry in georgia. this is the white house's take on the sequester in arizona -- $18 million lost in primary and secondary education. guest: i think if the president spent even one-third more time leading, we would probably be able to do the job that needs to be done as far as targeting specific cuts like four point $5 billion on him proper food stamp payments, or an unused airport and -- in oklahoma, $340,000 for robust squirrels. i could go on and on about the ridiculous spending. if the president would work with us and talk to harry reid i
effective in dealing inside the pentagon? >> i would worry about a congress being jammed to support a nominee that the "washington post" is said to the left of obama policy agenda and on the fringe of the senate. >> heather: joining me now is brad blakeman and erlina maxwell i'll start with you. it does appear that chuck hagel will be confirmed as secretary of defense. will this delay his performance during his confirmation hearing make him a less effective or respected secretary of defense? >> process isn't over and the delay is a caused by hagel himself. additional information was needed in his testimony. the senators have a right to review that material and use that in their judgment. assuming he is confirmed, certainly his performance before the senate was not of the caliber as anybody would thought as somebody seeking the department of defense. it was not where it should have been. he knows that. certainly the white house knows that. having said that, i think the jury out. they are going to be looking to see when she confirmed as to whether he is up for the job. really the burd
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with a balanced approach to new revenue and necessary pentagon cuts and it creates jobs all over the country. it equalizes the cuts we've already made with revenue by closing tax loopholes for america's wealthiest individuals and corporations. but we shouldn't just sacrifice our economic recovery because republicans are unwilling to vote for one single penny and new revenue, new contributions from their billionaire friends and corporations. we have to look at what these cuts mean in the sequester. the sequester involves 70,000 children being kicked off of head start. no one in this chamber disagrees about the importance of head start. early childhood education is absolutely essential in creating the foundation for learning in children all over the world. and that's what head start is about. 70,000 american children being kicked off head start. that's what happens when you use a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel. we're talking about more than a million kids who will see their schools lose education funding. we're talking about emergency responders who will lose their jobs, meaning slower resp
federal government except the pentagon. all of a sudden the last couple of months hitting this arbitrary political target is vital. what is vital, as i said, is having a deficit strategy that's consistent with sound economic growth and making sure that we strengthen the middle class and that means as a first step to make sure that our deficits, as the economy improves, as we grow, that our deficits are not growing faster than g.d.p. and that we stabilize the debt as a percentage of g.d.p. because if you don't, as the economy improves, higher government borrowing -- we need to adopt that strategy and adopt it now. have it kicked in over a period of time. we just got very good news that the rate of per capita increase in health care costs is actually at the lowest level of 50 years. we need to continue to adopt strategies to keep that -- those costs increase low. as as demographic changes means baby boomers retire and we clearly need to keep working on those issues. but let me just sum up where we are in terms of our deficit reduction targets. over the last little over two years we have no
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